Galatians 6:14 - "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
Many Christians today agree that they ought not to commit the sins of which the world approves. Yet they choose to remain on friendly terms with the world, and feel at liberty to enjoy its pleasures as long as they refrain from committing open sin.
They do not realize the most dangerous source of sin is the LOVE OF THE WORLD with its lusts and pleasures. The scripture says that the world has been crucified to us, and we to the world. Paul knew that when the world crucified Christ, he himself had been nailed to the cross with Him. He boasts that he now lives as one crucified to the world, and that the world, as an impotent enemy, was now crucified to him.
When the world crucified Christ, it crucified you with Him. However, when Christ overcame the world on the cross, He made you a conqueror too.
Matthew 16:18 - "On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Where precisely are the gates of hell? Where does the devil sit in power?
The mind is the gatekeeper of the Kingdom of God. It is the place of access, transition, and power. It follows that the gates of hell are set up in people's minds. Jesus made this clear:
Matthew 16:23 - But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
He didn't say, "Peter, you devil worshiper!" He didn't say, "You are filled with all kinds of occult practices and deceits." He said, "Your mind is filled with the things of man." The devil is empowered by human agreement. That mental posture was a gate from which satan was released to bring Peter's destruction.
Humanity without Christ at the center is satanic in nature. When you've been given the Spirit of God, you lose the privilege of claiming, "I'm only human." Paul rebukes the church at Corinth for behaving like mere men (1 Corinthians 3:3).
The gate of hell is in our minds any time we agree with a man-centered perspective or natural wisdom that does not know God. We empower demonic forces and become a gate to release his power to kill, steal, and destroy our lives.
I am a gateway for heaven's reality to take over every part of my life, and the lives of people who I influence, no matter how big or small the specific situation is.
"And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus;" - Ephesians 2:6
Many are living as if He has not risen, and they are tarrying in the garden, in the tomb. For have they not yet heard the good news? He is seated in Heavenly places interceding for His own, He Has sent His Spirit to empower them.
He is sending His Spirit so that you would be sent out with power that would be fresh from on high, for He is about to bring down the old works of man. You will hear of crumble, after crumble, after crumble, for man is reaching from soul to soul. But His Spirit draws from spirit to Spirit.
Cling to His Spirit, and let His Spirit cling to you. For in this you will find the fullness of joy. You will come to know who you were called to be and why you are here. For His Spirit is wooing you into a new assignment in connection with your calling in Christ.
Luke 19:12,13 - "He said therefore, 'A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’"
These servants represent the followers of Jesus. However, being a follower of Jesus is more than simply not rejecting Him. It is an active commitment to serve Him.
One servant did nothing with what his lord had given him. In nearly every parable of the Kingdom which Jesus taught, growth or increase is expected. This servant is a believer who never grows or brings increase to God's Kingdom. What he was missing was faithfulness.
Those who are faithful with what God has given them will be given more, and those who are wasteful will have what God has given them taken away and given to another.
Matthew 6:33 -- "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
We all have things that we perceive that we need. What does God have to say to us about these concerns?
According to Matthew 6:31, He tells us, "Do not worry." God cares about us having these things. He wants us to have all these things. In fact, He wants all these things added to us. And He tells us that the way these things are added to us is by us seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Therefore, our number one priority every day is to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. IT IS NOT TO SEEK TO ADD THESE THESE THINGS TO OURSELVES.
RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD
But what is righteousness? Righteousness is not us trying to fix our behavior. It is right standing with the Father. It is the clearance of all your guilt, which makes you able to stand before God. It is not something you get through right behavior. It is a GIFT from God. Paul calls it "the gift of righteousness" (Romans 5:17). And to "seek" this gift is to be CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE IT, TO CONFESS THAT YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST.
So this righteousness, we are told to seek, is not right behavior, but right standing before God, which comes to us as a gift when we receive salvation. At the cross, Jesus didn't just remove our sins, He gave us His righteousness so that today we allow Him to live His life through us so we can come boldly before the throne of God and receive freely everything that He died to give us!
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I seek the righteousness of Jesus, not my own righteousness.
John 6:63 - "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."
The Word of God and its power to heal your body is more than just good information. It actually has LIFE in it! Jesus said so in John 6:63. That's because the Word is like a seed. Hebrews 4:12 (Amp) says it is "alive and full of power -- making it active, operative, energizing and effective..."
It actually carries within it the power to fulfill itself. When you planted the Word about the new birth in your heart, then believed and acted on it, that Word released within you the power to be born again.
By the same token, when you plant the Word about healing in your heart, believe and act on it, that Word will release God's healing power in you. Speak its life-giving force aloud over your body in faith...and receive your healing! Receive His LIFE!
2 Corinthians 13:14, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen."
God calls us to a higher place in His Spirit where we can walk with Him and be conduits of His glory in the earth. He is not looking for perfect vessels but ones that are surrendered, filled with His Spirit, and will follow Him where He leads.
God is always wanting to pour more of His Spirit and presence into us. One of the most important things we can learn is "how to receive from God." If we don't learn how to receive then we have nothing to give. It is out of His fullness that we've received and continue to receive out of genuine communion with Him.
If you desire to pour into someone's life you must first allow God to pour into you.
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His CALLING........" - Ephesians 1:17,18
Today is the day that He pours fresh oil into your understanding. He does not want you left to your own understanding. He wants His understanding to bring you under Him, to stand up in Him. So that no matter what happens – on your left, on your right, below or above – you are standing under Him. He devours all that devour you, and He comes against all that comes against you. For He has not left you to stand alone.
Detach from your understanding. Learn to soar high in His understanding. Let His understanding bring you into a higher way of thinking, into a higher way of living, on the highway of holiness, for He causes you to walk in peace, and in power, and in a sound mind.
Lift your hands, even though they may be weary, lift them.
Let His Spirit come, and let Him lift your hands high into the Spirit, so that He can cause you to soar above circumstances, through the midst of circumstances – untouched by fire, but coming forth in a sound mind.
Revelation 4:1 - "After this, I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you..."
There is a constant and continual (unbroken) communion that we have been invited into. There is ascending and descending (John 1:51) always happening as we dwell with Him and allow a habitation of His Holy Spirit to be a river of life that flows to us and through us.
The indwelling of God with us is our unspeakable joy! One moment we find ourselves at His feet in humble adoration and the next we are gazing into His eyes with an awe that causes everything to stand still.
The place of habitation with God is never boring but always wondrous. It is a holy place of great power and authority and a humble place of comfort and rest.
Hebrews 3:7 - "Wherefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, TODAY, if you shall hear His voice, harden not your hearts."
The Holy Spirit says, TODAY. What does this mean? God is the Eternal One. With Him there is no yesterday or tomorrow; what we call past and future are with Him an ever-present NOW. His life is an ever-blessed, never-ending TODAY.
Jesus has become the author of eternal salvation -- that is, a salvation which bears the character of eternity; its chief mark is that it is an ever-present NOW -- that there is not a moment in which Christ, who ever lives to pray for us, is not able to maintain us in it in the power of an endless life.
Even as the Holy Spirit says TODAY, satan's word is ever "TOMORROW, God's demand is too great for TODAY."
The Holy Spirit says, TODAY! That means that He who is the mighty power of God is Himself ready to work in us the CALLING He has on our individual life and asks; it is He who is each moment pleading for immediate surrender, for a present trust, because He bears with him the power of a present salvation.
TODAY, this very moment, the wondrous love of God is for me -- it is even now being poured out into my heart as I willingly receive it.
TODAY, all that Christ has done, and is now doing in heaven, and is able to do within me -- this very day --- to advance His Kingdom PURPOSE for my life.
TODAY, the Holy Spirit, is within me -- sufficient for every need, equal to every emergency.
With every prayer I breathe, and every longing that rules in my heart, there is the Spirit of promise whispering, TODAY!